Basinger is in with indie 'Out'


Kim Basinger will star in "While She Was Out," a real-time thriller being helmed by Susan Montford, a producer who is making her directorial debut on the picture.

The indie film is being produced by Insight Film Studios' Kirk Shaw, Angry Films' Don Murphy and Mary Aloe of Proud Mary Entertainment. Guillermo del Toro is executive producing.

The script, written by Montford and based on a short story by Edward Bryant, centers on a suburban housewife who heads to the mall on Christmas Eve and ends up fighting for her life against four hooligans in a nearby forest.

Principal photography on the film will begin in January in Vancouver, with Montford intending to shoot in an intense, you-are-there style.

Foreign rights have been sold to Optimum Releasing in the U.K., Manga Films in Spain and Square One in Germany.

Insight and Proud Mary are teamed to make Canadian-American co-productions. They recently produced the feature films "When a Man Falls in the Forest," with Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, and "Numb," starring Matthew Perry and Mary Steenburgen. They are in preproduction on "Battle in Seattle," starring Charlize Theron.

Montford, a partner at Angry Films, is a producer on New Line Cinema's "Shoot 'Em Up," starring Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti, and "Faces of Death," which is set up at Rogue.

Basinger, repped by CAA, last appeared in "The Sentinel" with Michael Douglas.